What ARCOXIA is used for
ARCOXIA is used for the following:
- to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis;
- to treat gout attacks;
- to relieve short term pain, including cramp-like pain or discomfort before or during a menstrual period, and pain associated with minor dental procedures.
Osteoarthritis is a joint disease. It results from the gradual breakdown of the cartilage that covers the joints and cushions the ends of bones.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain, tenderness, stiffness of one or more joints, and physical disability. The hips and knees are the most commonly affected joints, but other joints, such as those of the hands and spine, may also be affected.
Osteoarthritis is more common in women than in men. Many factors can lead to the development of osteoarthritis, including obesity and joint injury (e.g. from sport).
Gout is a disease that causes attacks of arthritis, usually in a single joint. The affected joint is red, swollen, painful and extremely tender. A gout attack usually lasts a few days and it may recur.
For more information about osteoarthritis or gout, contact the Arthritis Foundation in the capital city of your state.
How ARCOXIA works
ARCOXIA belongs to a group of medicines called Coxibs. It works in a similar way to traditional anti-inflammatory medicines, known as Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), by blocking the production of substances that cause pain and inflammation. In clinical trials, ARCOXIA has been shown to have a lower risk of serious side effects on the stomach (for example, bleeding stomach ulcers) than NSAIDs. However taking aspirin with ARCOXIA may reverse this benefit.
Your doctor may have prescribed ARCOXIA for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why ARCOXIA has been prescribed for you.
The safety and effectiveness of ARCOXIA in children and teenagers under the age of 18 years have not been established.
Take ARCOXIA only when prescribed by your doctor.
For osteoarthritis, the recommended dose is 30mg once a day, increased to a maximum of 60mg once a day if needed.
For the relief of gout attacks, the recommended dose is 120 mg taken once a day, which should only be used during the painful period, to a maximum of 8 days treatment.
For the relief of cramp-like pain or discomfort before or during a menstrual period, the recommended dose is 120 mg taken once a day, which should only be used during the painful period, to a maximum of 8 days treatment.
For the relief of short term pain after dental procedures, the recommended dose is 90 mg taken once a day, which should only be used during the painful period, to a maximum of 8 days treatment.
Doses greater than those recommended for each condition stated above have either not been shown to improve the effectiveness of ARCOXIA or have not been studied. Therefore, the daily doses stated above for each condition should not be exceeded.
If you have mild liver disease, do not take more than 60 mg once a day.
If you have moderate liver disease, do not take more than 60 mg every second day or 30mg once a day.